Genealogy Projects tagged with fraternal organizations on the Geni Family Tree

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  • Freemasons in America

    Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been an integral part of American culture since the Colonial period and have immeasurably shaped the Republic through their leadership, altruism, public service, and character. Although the most famous Freemasons have been presidents, CEOs, and other public figures, the vast majority of Freemasons were and are small-town members working in their own communit...

  • Knights of Pythias

    “If fraternal love held all men bound, how beautiful this world would be” - Justus H. Rathbone The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal and philanthropic organization that was founded on February 19, 1864 by Justus H. Rathbone. Rathbone was inspired by the Greek legend of Damon and Pythias, which illustrates true friendship, and this tenet is at the heart of the organization. The o...

  • Knights Templar (Modern), A Masonic Order

    Scope of Project The Knights Templar is an international philanthropic chivalric order affiliated with Freemasonry. The purpose of this project is to collect the names and histories of these modern-day Templars. Background Unlike the initial degrees conferred in a Masonic Lodge, which only require a belief in a Supreme Being regardless of religious affiliation, the Knights Templar is one ...

  • Fraternal Organizations

    A fraternity or fraternal organization is an organized society of men associated together in an environment of companionship and brotherhood; dedicated to the intellectual, physical, and social development of its members. Goal This project is intended to be the 'main' or portal to all Fraternal and Benevolent societies and organizations. The goal is to make sub-projects of the individual or...

  • Woodmen of the World

    Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society based in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that operates a large privately held insurance company for its members. The history of this organization includes the erection of numerous distinctive tombstones depicting tree stumps across the country before 1930, a program to donate American flags, and broadcast interests that were to own the first...

  • Lions Clubs International

    Dr. William P. Woods of Evansville, Indiana originally founded (chartered) the “Royal Order of Lions” as a fraternal organization (and as a secret society) on August 8, 1911. However, after only a few years, that organization would be disbanded in favor of a more service oriented organization. Dr. Woods began forming new Lions Clubs as early as 1915 for the new purpose of starting...

  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

    In New York City, a small group of actors and entertainers, wishing to continue their social gatherings on Sundays, when New York's blue laws prevented the opening of public establishments, began to meet regularly as the "Jolly Corks," a name derived from a bar trick introduced by the group's organizer. While the meetings were held with regularity, apparently no form nor substance resulted, exc...

  • Loyal Order of the Moose

    Though the Moose fraternal organization was founded in the late 1800s with the modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially, it was reinvented during the first decade of the 20th century into an organizational dynamo of men and women who set out to build a city that would brighten the futures of thousands of children in need all across North America.When Dr. John Henry Wilson, ...